Craft

Ribbons and Bows

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Today, I learned something that I wish I would have learned 12 years ago, when my little girl was a little girl. Today I learned how to make my own hair bows.

Seamus helped me.

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Pick a ribbon and sew it.

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Then, loop a ribbon around the center

and sew it.

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I liked this one too.

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Then, you could hot glue it to

a plain old hair clip like this

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Or you could just slip

a bobby pin in the back

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and put it on your pretty

“little” girl

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who still lets you

pretend

because the dog is hiding.

7 more pins left.

PS If you liked this one, check

out the other diy ribbons and bows here.

Glow in the Dark Art

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My friend Heidi sent me this picture last year, and since then, I’ve been trying to figure out how to incorporate the idea into our home. At last, when I saw our new super hero scrapbook pages, a light bulb went off above my head. Ding!

My intent was to frame these two

scrapbook pages.

One, is an empty comic page,

ready for a story to be written,

while the other is

a picture of a city at night

with spot lights illuminating the sky.

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The city scape was just

asking to glow.

We purchased some glow in the dark Mod Podge

and carefully painted it on the

windows and spot lights in the picture.

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Then, we framed it

and turned off the lights.

night

It looks amazing in person.

When we framed the other page,

007 immediately got out the

dry erase markers and started

writing a comic.

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I love making room for his creativity.

We hung them up in his room.

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Dry Erase Erasers

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Between our message boards, our meal planner and various calendars around our house, we use dry-erase markers a lot. When I saw this pin, I knew it was for us. Y’all, this is EASY.

Here are a few of our markers.

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I bought these cute little pom poms

at my local male-named craft store.

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Tonight’s tool:

the glue gun.

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I opted for the black pom poms

rather than cute colors

because I knew that after

a few uses, those cute colors

wouldn’t look so cute anymore.

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There’s someone who always looks cute

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He’s already working on tomorrow’s pin.

There are only 10 more.

Upcycled Cereal Box: Journals

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If you read our post from yesterday, you’ll know that I was knee-deep in helping hands. With school just around the corner, we thought that these diy journals would be fun to make.

The girls cut the boxes

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While “The Boss” worked intently with Play Doh

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They traced and cut construction paper

for the inside of the journals.

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Then, they sewed buttons on the front.

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We deviated from the original plan

in that we tied yarn around the button

instead of sewing directly with the yarn.

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Here is Twinkle Toes showing off her button and yarn.

Sewing the inside seam is a task not

for the faint of heart,

or fingers.

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We used various decorative tape

and stamps on the outside.

Here’s the one we made for their

precious mother.

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Overall, a fun project

with really great company.

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🙂

Cereal Box Magazine Organizer

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Nothing reminds me how craft-challenged I am like glue and duct tape. As I sit here with sticky hands, I’d like to recount how I spent the last hour in my kitchen…

Once upon a time, I saw this gorgeous upcycled cereal box picture and pinned it to my Pinterest board. I read the directions and thought “This looks easy!” Forgetting that crafts are my kryptonite, I proceeded to gather the materials telling 007, “We’re going to have fun!”

I bought this snazzy super hero themed scrapbook paper

a while ago when it was half off.

I have various plans for it’s contents.

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We’ve been stock-piling cereal boxes

because there are tons of

cool pins about how to reuse them.

This is just one.

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We started by cutting the top of the box.

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Easy-peasy.

We cut a diagonal line.

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And then cut patterns in scrap book paper,

construction paper and felt.

007 likes green a lot.

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Here’s where things got sticky.

The construction paper boded to

the adhesive spray immediately which, you would think,

would be a good thing, but, you see,

there was no time to maneuver the paper on the inside.

Wherever it stuck was where it was staying,

including my hands.

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I continued to paper the inside of the box

and then moved to the outside of the box.

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All of this took about 10 minutes.

And then, came the duct tape.

I really should have bought pretty washi tape,

but it’s raining outside and I wanted to

work with what I had.

What I had was silver duct tape.

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Overall, I was happy with the way it turned out.

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It’s not perfect, but

my little super hero loved it.

Because all super heroes need a place to store

their Lego Mags.

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Where nobody can see them.

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after I take the glue off of my hands…

Tie-Dye Mickey Mouse Shirts

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We found this wonderful pin here.

We found white t-shirts to practice on in 007’s closet.

We placed a cup underneath the shirt and

secured it with a rubber band.

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We also placed some cardboard in between

the front and back of the shirt.

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We made a shape with a Sharpie

and then we sprayed it with

Isopropol Alcohol.

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It was fun watching the ink spread.

The ears were my favorite.

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We’ll pop it in the dryer to set the ink

and then, as legend has it,

it will not run when it is washed.

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Fun, quick and easy: I liked this craft.

I bet we can do some other fun shapes, too. 🙂

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Burlap Wreath

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I like celebrating Christmas in July

and, since Papa looked at me sideways

when I told him I was going to put the tree up,

I decided to make a wreath.

Yes. I did.

I bought some burlap

(right now, it’s on sale 50% off at Michaels)

and a wire wreath.

I used the thin wire I had from our nail polish flowers.

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You can go to this site for a great tutorial.

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Merry Christmas (in July)

😉

32 pins to go

(and 153 days until Christmas)